Albert Camus, The Stranger
Terry Tempest Williams, “Why I Write”
Here are some previews and info about our 2013 calendars with Drawn and Quarterly! I’ve included a panel from each page so you know what’s in it.
“There She Blows” is a literary calendar, with writing-related dates.
“Beethoven Birthday Party” is a more general history calendar!
I imagine the images will run small, so to see the whole thing, CLICK HERE!
You can buy these in stores, from places like Amazon and from D&Q themselves!
Holidays are comin’ y’all
Someone find me the literary one and buy it for me PLEASE.
Someday I will stop viewing my life as an inevitable tragedy. Someday I’ll face each new day with vigor and excitement instead of mild curiosity. I am sure there will be a time when I don’t just roll out of bed—I’ll leap, enthusiastically onto the ground and not onto my laptop, darn it.
Someday breakfast will be a culinary adventure, not a sleepy internal debate between high fiber cereal and high fiber microwaved oatmeal. And maybe a banana, do we have any bananas? My roommate used the last one for her milkshake last night. Great, fine, whatever I don’t need fruit!
Someday getting clean will involve luxurious soaps and yummy smelling things. And I’ll take my time and not worry about running out of hot water or my mother screaming to “UNLOCK THE DOOR DAMMIT SOME OF US HAVE TO USE THE BATHROOM” or should I shave my legs and be late or not shave and never let my legs see the cruel mocking light of day?
Someday dressing will be a thrill of matching colors, patterns, and textures. I will make heads turn, I will blow their minds, I will have strangers stop me on the street to pose for pictures which end up being their most popular post on Instagram. On that day in the distant future, I will care about Instagram. No, that’s a lie, I won’t.
Someday I will go to work and leave excited to go back the next day.
Someday I will get on that airplane.
Someday I will complain that I need things to add to my reading/watching/living list.
Someday I will read back on this post and laugh.
The NYTimes has a great piece on Rian Johnson’s influences while making LOOPER. (One of my favorite movies I saw this year.)
He conceived of the movie in four acts, each one related to a quote from T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” and he borrowed the story structure from another source I totally missed:
He also points out that “Looper” owes more to “Witness” — the 1985 drama starring Harrison Ford about a Philadelphia cop who hides out on an Amish farm while investigating a murder — than it does to “Blade Runner.” While he was plotting “Looper,” Johnson sat down and watched “Witness,” diagraming its structure on a piece of paper so he could dissect exactly how that screenplay worked. “It starts in the city, creates this noir-type tension and atmosphere, then transfers to the farm, but loses none of that momentum and keeps you in suspense until the end,” he says. “Which is like a magic trick to me. So I studied it.” One thing he noticed: “Witness” features a prologue on the farm before shifting to the city, which “helps acclimatize you to the visual world of the farm.” He liked that so much he aped it, situating his own opening scene in a sugarcane field — so that when the film shifts later to a rural setting, “it’s not like we’re going into a room we’ve never been in before.”
When asked about the name of the bar in the film, “La Belle Aurore,” he replied:
“It’s a Casablanca reference. If you take a close look at Joe’s narrative arc, I totally just stole Rick’s arc from Casablanca. So I named my bar after the bar they’re at in Paris when the Germans are attacking. I figured I owed that movie something.
- 3-act structure vs. 4-act structure
- Rebecca Skloot Talks About How Fried Green Tomatoes and The Hurricane Helped Her Find the Structure of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I pretty much abandoned this blog in my efforts to write my senior thesis project, Ophelia. I spent half the summer on a version of the script which was ultimately abandoned because I reworked the plot. I’m here to announce that I’ve officially finished the first draft of the script. And of course, I have two more screenplays to finish by Monday night. Along with some other non-filmmaking work.
This is what I get for procrastinating.
Also, I finally watched It’s Kind of a Funny Story last night. I laughed, and cried. This isn’t really a review just a statement reflecting the fact that it made me have feelings.